Deborah Coldwell represents franchise and distribution companies - from start-ups with one company-owned location to global brands with more than 10,000 locations. She has litigated for those companies across several industries – from hotels and restaurants to health clubs and tax preparation services to product and service-based franchise and distribution networks. Deb uses this experience and knowledge to represent franchisors, distributors, and the individuals who run those companies in jury trials, bench trials and arbitrations.
Deb will help bring a business solution to a dispute when possible and is skilled in representing clients in mediations and other settlement proceedings. But when litigation is inevitable, she is fully prepared to go to trial or arbitration and to fight for a company and its officers. She recently litigated a successful six week jury trial in Texas state court for a franchisor in a joint venture dispute. Nationally-ranked by Chambers USA, (Chambers and Partners, 2009–2015) in the franchise law category, clients describe her as an “outstanding trial lawyer,” “very poised, thoughtful and smart," and as "an especially good advocate."
Deb loves to organize and motivate teams to accomplish short and long term goals. To that end, she is the current Chair of the 2,000-plus member American Bar Association Forum on Franchising. She also served the Forum as the editor-in-chief of the Franchise Law Journal and as its publications officer. Deb channels her love of sports by litigating sports law-related matters and serving as co-chair of Haynes and Boone’s Sports Law Practice Group.
Prior to attending law school, Deb worked in restaurants and taught junior high and college. Deb’s unique background helps her bring a practical approach to problem solving and allows her to assist clients to find an individual workable strategy in each case she handles. As a skilled and creative trial lawyer, Deb has the experience and flexibility to provide clients with quality representation on a “one-size does not fit all” basis.